Face to face
Counselor discusses conference preparation
As the first quarter of the 2009-2010 year comes to an end for area schools, Julie Bulleigh, a counselor at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, talks about preparing for parent-teacher conferences.
Q: What is the purpose of parent/teacher conferences?
A: The purpose of parent/teacher conferences is to give teachers and parents an opportunity to discuss a student’s progress and performance in the classroom. In addition, it is a great opportunity to improve communication between school and home.
Q: Should both parents come to the meeting? What would be benefits of this?
A: The ideal scenario would be for both parents to attend conferences. Parents then receive the same information at the same time.
Q: What questions should parents ask at the meeting?
A: How can I support my child’s learning, as well as his/her teacher? What can I do to help my child succeed?
Q: How can parents use what they learn at the meeting to better help their child at school?
A: First, it is important for parents to gain as much information about their child’s progress and performance in the classroom. Next, parents should use information to communicate and clarify expectations with their child. Lastly, parents should implement any strategies teachers have given them to improve their child’s academic success.
Q: What should be the next step after a parent/teacher conference?
A: Continued communication.